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Running Scared, Running Free: Escape to the Promise Land

from The Ward Melville Heritage Organization

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The distance learning program engages students in an interactive discussion with an instructor who portrays a conductor on the Underground Railroad.

Our trained instructor guides your students through an interactive discussion illustrating the divide in the country over the issue of slavery, as well as the function of the Underground Railroad.

The program, as well as the pre and post lesson material utilizes maps, photographs, paintings, real-life accounts and historic documents.

Students will discover the answers to the following questions- Where was the Promise Land?, What challenges and risks did runaway slaves and their helpers face?, What forms of communication and codes were used on the Underground Railroad?

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About This Program


Multipoint: $150.00
Point to Point: $150.00


45 minutes with question and answer session

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6, 7Public Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:

For optimum interactivity, we suggest no more then 30 students

Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History, Language Arts/English, Problem Solving

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, Blue Jeans, etc...)
Google Hang Out

Booking Information

The Ward Melville Heritage Organization (WMHO) is proud to present its newest distance learning program utilizing two-way videoconferencing that allows students to travel back in time.

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Receive this program and 9 more for one low price when you purchase the CILC Virtual Expeditions package. Learn more

For more information contact CILC at (507) 388-3672

Provider's Cancellation Policy

Please Note: Two weeks notice is required for all cancellations and rescheudules without penalty.

About This Provider

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The Ward Melville Heritage Organization

Stony Brook, NY
United States

The Ward Melville Heritage Organization is proud to offer state-of-the-art programming across the arts and sciences from our authentic historic and environmental properties.  Broadcasting live from Long Island’s historic and
environmental landmarks, WMHO supports NY State and Common Core Standard
learning by creating rich virtual environment where students study and observe
artifacts, primary sources, and participate in an exchange of ideas. WMHO’s
digital platform include (and are not limited to) Zoom, Google Classroom and MS

Deborah Boudreau

Program Details


Facilitator Greeting

Introduction (2 minutes) The instructor will introduce their character as a conductor on the Underground Railroad.

Lesson (Setting the Scene) (10 minutes) The instructor will discuss the political climate of the United States in the 1850s.

Group Presentation (15 minutes) Each student group will present the ?Escape Plan? that they have developed as a team. The instructor will ask the students questions while remaining in character. Students will be asked what is integral in the development of a successful escape plan, such as mode of transportation, usage of codes and disguises, etc. In addition, students will reveal where they believe the ?Promise Land? is located.

Lesson cont?d (15 minutes) The instructor will discuss the function of the Underground Railroad. They will reveal the methods used to successfully keeping the Railroad ?underground?. In addition, communication codes will be explained as well as demonstrated (i.e. quilt patterns, coded language and songs).

Conclusion (3 minutes) The program will conclude with a question and answer session in which the instructor remains in character. The class will be encouraged to continue the exploration of the subject with the post lesson activities provided.


Students will:

- Learn more about the specific dangers and challenges faced by runaway slaves and their helpers on the Underground Railroad.

- Learn about the Fugitive Slave Act and how it affected the Underground Railroad.

- Create and map an escape route to freedom for a runaway slave.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

As a result of the activities in this program students will be able to understand the major ideas of freedom as a constitutional right for people in America; the social history of African-Americans in America; and the ideas behind and the development of events of African-Americans before, during and after the Civil War.

State Standards

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